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DRO PROS Latest
ES10 Training Video -
Regular Price $89.95
Only $9.95 when
purchased with kit!
DRO PROS has
always been on the forefront of providing our customers the best service and
support in the industry, and this time we've done it again! This interactive DVD
covers all functions of your ES10 display. Forget complicated manuals - this DVD
covers it all!
Newest DRO - The Newall M20
07/01/08DRO PROS is proud to announce a revolutionary change
to digital readouts as you know them - introducing the
industries lowest profile reader head, the M20 is sure to go
where no other system has dared to tread! Further, the
amazing M20 scales do not contain glass, can be easily cut to
precisely fit your machine, is unaffected by dirt, grease, water and
oil but most incredibly can be completely submersed as they
carry a full IP-67 rating! The kit carries a
suggested retail of $895 but DRO PROS introductory
only $749. Get them while you can, we expect
these to run out of stock very quickly!
Want to see more? Click HERE tosee the
DRO PROS Latest Videos
How to Choose Scales
for a Digital Readout
This video illustrates how
to measure and choose scales for a digital readout. Attention is given to
illustrate the different parts and mechanical limits of a digital scale.
This DRO PROS video
demonstrates the 'Bolt Hole' function of an Easson ES10-3M5 digital readout.
Bolt Hole, or PCD (Pitch Circle Diameter) allows an operator to place a series
of holes evenly around a central point.
Have you ever had to angle
your workpiece on your mill table? This video
demonstrates how you can accurately position the workpiece at any angle on
the work table. Remember, Incline Tool Position also gives the operator an incline function for machining parts positioned
on an inclined surface.
Are you doing any sort of
repetitive machining? Wouldn't it be great to be able to create exact copies of
your original workpiece? Well now you can - either enter your points as you move
to them on your workpiece or simply enter them in a list format - the choice is
HELP! Easson vs.
Newall vs. Fagor - How Do I
Choose the Right DRO Kit?
To start with, all
DRO PROS kits are quality built to do the job right.
However, with that said, each kit has it's own unique advantages. We
know that choosing a DRO kit can be difficult, so in our endeavor to
help our customers we've developed the following chart. While we try to
be as impartial as we can, our interaction with our customers and their
feedback has certainly influenced us greatly in forming our "opinions".
Please keep in mind that every installation is different, only you can
know what's best for your particular installation.
Ease of Use -
How intuitive (simple) is it to operate?
Hardware - Machine specific?
- Thoroughness, easy to understand?
available, ie Video tutorials
strongest advantage of the Easson is it's ease of use. Our most popular
DRO kit by far. While the quality of the Easson is every bit as good as
the others, it's price continues to be the lowest of the bunch, meaning
it's also the best value DRO we sell. Another potential advantage is the
display size. The Easson display is over 12" across. Because of
the larger front panel, most all of the Easson's functions (ie bolt
hole, line hole, centerfind etc.) have dedicated function buttons on the
front. This makes the Easson a truly "walk up and operate" type of
Easson brackets are "universal" angle brackets. For most customers, they
work just fine. They are, however, fairly basic and you may have to
drill additional holes in them to custom fit your machine.Remember, you only deal with brackets once, and when your scales are
finally mounted, you're done forever. So for most folks, this is not an
issue. Finally, the Easson manual is thorough, but is translated. It's
translated well, but not so well you wouldn't ever notice. This slight
disadvantage is more than offset by the tremendous amount of video
tutorials and training DVD we've released for the Easson systems, so
again we would count this as only a slight negative.
While Easson has been producing Digital Readouts for nearly 20 years
now, Easson admittedly does not yet have the brand name recognition that
Newall and Fagor do. Consequently, while the build quality is as good or
better than the competition, the price remains lower, which confuses
many customers as they try to equate price vs. quality. Lastly, many
customers mistakenly think the Easson display is plastic, which it is
not. It is cast metal and extremely durable.
WHY YOU WOULD
CHOOSE EASSON: You want the best quality, easy to use DRO which
happens to be the most affordable and popular DRO we've ever offered.
Easson continues to be the most popular, easy to use DRO system we have.
If you're looking for excellent quality but also want the best value for
your dollar, this is your kit.
Beyond anything else, Newall has brand name recognition. Additionally, the M20 kit has some
potential advantages you should be aware of. With the thinnest scales
we've ever seen (only .4" tall) the Newall's magnetic scales can fit
where other scales can't. Depending on your particular installation,
this may or may not be a deal-breaker by itself. If you run coolant, you
should know the scales carry a full IP-67 rating, meaning they are
submersible and impervious to grease, oils, and coolant. If that wasn't enough, the
scales are magnetic, not glass, and can be easily cut to the desired
length. As the reader head is a magnetic "non-contact" design, the
reader head is not attached to the scale body, which means installation
is much easier also.
Currently only available in 2 axis kits. Longest travel scale available
is 40". Display head is easy to use, but not quite as easy as the
Easson. COMMENTS: Excellent build quality, excellent manual. If
you don't need a "low-profile" installation, the thin scales will not
present an advantage over standard size glass scales. In day to day
operations, glass scales, if properly installed, work exceptionally well
and are not prone to being contaminated by coolant. The primary advantage we can see
with these scales is when mounting on a lathe where coolant is used.
Often times the cross-slide leaves little mounting room to properly
mount a scale shield when utilyzing glass scales. In this case, using a
magnetic scale that is impervious to coolant would be a considerable
WHY YOU WOULD
CHOOSE NEWALL: If you have an installation requiring a low profile
DRO or are mounting on a mill or lathe where the scales would get
exposed to coolant, this is the kit to buy. You may also choose this kit
because you recognize the Newall name and are willing to pay a little
more for it.
Newalls M20 kit is amazing and we're hoping to see a 3 axis kit in the
enjoys loyal brand name recognition. The build quality and packaging of
the kit is first rate. The bracketry and hardware supplied by Fagor is
Expensive. Fagor's Innova display is a smaller, more compact display, so
most of the functions are accessed through a push-button menu driven
system. Some users find this design frustrating and difficult to
use. The comment we hear most often is "Sure do need to keep the manual
We feel the Fagor Innova series could use a redesign of the front panel,
especially adding more function buttons.
WHY YOU WOULD
CHOOSE FAGOR: You've used Fagor in the past and don't want to
change, even if the alternative is cheaper and easier to use.
Fagor is a quality built DRO, but is being challenged by many
less-expensive, easier to use DRO's.
decided between Easson, Newall or Fagor then it's time to measure the travel on
your machine. We have an excellent video called "Choosing Your Scales"
which is very helpful and can be found on our Video page
HERE. There's also some good information
located on our Scales page located HERE.
Another great resource is our DRO Wizard which can help guide you to the
right decision for you - He can be found by clicking
HERE. Finally, once
you've measured the travel on your machine, simply order online and/or
give us a call!
Why should I buy from DRO PROS?
"I think I can save
$50 and get a cheaper unit on eBay..."
Our goal is to
provide our customers the best value DRO products on the market
In order to achieve
this goal, we pledge the following three "Reasons to buy from DRO
1 reason to buy from DRO PROS:
a written, 1 Year USA Warranty.We
proudly stand behind all of our products with a written, 1 Year USA
HERE to view our written warranty that comes standard with every
product we sell. Beware of sellers with only verbal or 30 day
warranties - if they don't expect it to last, then most likely it
won't! Unlike some other companies,
we will not give you the runaround or require you to send your part
overseas for warranty repair. Have a problem? Call us and
we'll solve it. Five Year Warrantees
are also available. Buy from
DRO PROS and we'll support you!
Number 2 reason to buy from DRO PROS:We answer our phones.
Good luck understanding or getting ahold of the "other guys". We
hear this every day -
"I bought a DRO from the "other guys" but when I got it one of the
scales is too long - now I'm stuck with it and he's not returning my
phone calls..." We all know you get what you pay for.
Buying a DRO without proper support or tech help is simply not a
reason to buy from DRO PROS:You'll
get it fast.
We carry our
own inventory of Easson and Newall products on site, in the USA, not
overseas. This means we ship our products the same or next day at
the latest, depending on what time you place the order. This means
you get your order in 2-3 days, not 2-3 months. Check out what
customers say about the "other guys":
"Had no inventory, slow
shipping...", "somewhat slow on the shipping though", "slow
shipping, no returned phone calls", "slow shipping from supplier".
This is not the type of service you'll get
from DRO PROS.
At DRO PROS we get daily emails from suppliers wanting us to hawk their
digital readouts. We literally travel worldwide to seek out
the best deals for you, our customer. International Trade
Show in Beijing? Been there. Taiwan, Korea, Japan, China, you name
it, we've been there. And guess what? Our selection of digital
represents the finest we've found. Anywhere. Trust us when we say
you get what you pay for. We could choose to sell the same DRO's you
see on eBay for $50 less, but we choose not to,
because we know they won't last and ultimately will cause us and our
customers frustration. Still don't believe us? Take a look
here at the insides of a very popular DRO currently sold on eBay
under various brand names:
(Click on images to enlarge)
Notice how the
traces between the touch pads are simply taped in place by
hand from leftover scraps - obviously this is much cheaper
to manufacture, but how do you suppose this type of display is going
to hold up on your machine? As they say, Caveat Emptor
or 'Buyer Beware'.
information will help you, our Customer, when choosing your DRO
system. Take your time, choose wisely.
What can a DRO do for me?
readout system digitally displays a machine tool's exact position on an
electronic display board. A DRO can greatly simplify your work, save time, reduce costly mistakes
and allow you to produce more accurate, exacting parts. The DRO unit keeps precise track of toolbit
position in all 3 axis - back and forth (x axis), fore and aft (y axis),
and up and down (z axis). Without a DRO
system, an operator must count the number of hand wheel revolutions to
determine exact position of a tool head against the table. For example,
some milling machine leadscrews are graduated at 16 threads per inch (TPI),
which means that for every turn of the hand wheel the table moves 1/16”
(.0625), therefore it takes 16 turns to move the table exactly 1”. Other machines are calibrated at 10 TPI,
meaning it takes 10 hand wheel revolutions for the table to travel
an inch. On the Z axis, it is typical for each division to represent
.002”, where one full revolution is equal to .060”. Needless to say,
it can quickly become quite confusing! The bottom line is that with
a digital display, the days of counting hand wheel revolutions are
In summary, a machine equipped with a
digital readout (DRO) is easier to use, less frustrating, and can
save the operator many hours in setup and operation time. No more
counting turns of the dial - simply turn the display on and you’re
ready to go - the DRO keeps track of position even after a power
Looking for just a scale? DRO
PROS sells parts too...
A majority of our
sales are in the form of kits, but we also sell individual components
too. We sell DRO kits for Lathes,
Machines, Borers, Grinders,
Wirecut Machines and EDM's.
If you simply need a replacement scale for your existing display, odds
are we can help. Most scales are wired universally, for more information
please check our scales page.